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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 09:01:22 +0100
My name is Zeng Qin, a staff member of Lloyds TSB Group Plc. Here in Hong Kong attached to Private Banking Services. I have a business proposal worth a substantial amount of money, I believe you will be interested to know more about my proposal. This proposal, I alone know of the existence of the deposit for as far as the finance firm is concerned because any transaction with our deceased customers stops being monitored once the funds are in the private banking sector, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The finance firm has no single idea of the history or nature of the deposit, they are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward, and this is the situation. If you are interested in doing this deal with me then as a professional banker I can guide you on how to receive the funds without any trace or anything that may raise red flags, but we have to be extremely discreet about the whole process. I will guide you accordingly with my banking experience and be rest assured that I am the only one who can initiate and move the funds out of my bank without any problems.
It may also interest you that I shall be in charge of the transfer from my bank to any nearby bank where we will have full access to the funds.
So you have nothing to worry about regarding this project but you must adhere to all my instructions if we must succeed.
I am ready to share 50/50 percentages with you upon completion.
I await your response.